Saturday, April 7, 2018

Restoring trust: Nieman Lab's helpful list of news credibility projects

These projects aim to restore trust.
In a blog post earlier this year, I wrote about the importance of Credibility as the new currency of journalism, its significance in an era of distrust of the media, and its economic value for high-quality journalism.

A big thank you to Christine Schmidt of Nieman Lab who has just produced a helpful list of news credibility projects. Among other things, it shows how the Knight Foundation is giving help to many of them.

Below is an abbreviated form of Schmidt's list, with a few details on each project. 

Trusting News
Participants/partners: Mainly local newsrooms, such as WCPO, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, St. Louis Magazine; also A Plus, Religion News Service, CALmatters, Discourse Media, USA Today

The Trust Project
Participants/partners: News outlets like the Washington Post, The Economist, the Globe and Mail, Mic, and Zeit Online; tech companies like Facebook, Google, Twitter, and Bing; Institute for Nonprofit News

News Integrity Initiative, Based at CUNY Graduate School of Journalism
Participants/partners: The following groups received grants from the initiative’s first round of funding: Arizona State University’s News Co/lab, Center for Investigative Reporting, Center for Media Engagement, EducationNC, Free Press, Listening Post Collective, Maynard Institute, OpenNews, Public Radio International, The Coral Project; Internews and the European Journalism Centre have also received funding

Trust & News Initiative
Participants/partners: Duke University, University of Texas–Arlington, Internet Archive, the Bad Idea Factory’s Truth Goggles, Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo’s Digital Democracy initiative

Funders: It’s a for-profit startup with $6 million from investors (full list here) including the cofounders, Knight Foundation, advertising and PR agency Publicis Groupe, and a number of individuals
Funders/partners:’s website lists a number of organizations as funders and/or partners, including Stanford’s JSK Fellowship (Filloux was a fellow last year), Google’s Digital News Innovation Fund, Knight Foundation, Knapyse SAS France, Feedly, Diffbot, The Guardian, the Reynolds Journalism Institute, the Trust Project, the Credibility Coalition, and Mather Economics
 (I wrote about Filloux's project last year.)

The Journalism Trust Initiative
Partners: Agence France Presse, the European Broadcasting Union, and the Global Editors Network


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